Murder suspects

A Mountain Grove man found guilty in the beating death of his cousin received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility for parole.

Prosecutors say Benny Volner believed Dustin Skaggs, 20, was having an affair with his estranged wife. Volner was found guilty during a late March trial held on a change of venue in Texas County.

Skaggs died in what authorities described as a roadside ambush. The victim’s body was found in a water-filled quarry in 2008.

Volner’s cousin, Dennis, is already serving 15 years in prison for his part in the crime.

Julia Monnahan and Elvis Volner are awaiting trial. Elvis Volner’s trial is next month.


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